Portsmouth vs Morecambe by Sureseye

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Portsmouth
VS
Morecambe
Although lost to better teams in their concluding build-ups to the season start, Pompey cascaded their poor run into their first two league matches. Twice had Portsmouth failed to hold on to leads in their first two league games; first been disgraced at home 4-1 by Oxford. In-between the next league match was a 1-0 loss away to Bournemouth in cup, a result that didn't come by surprise considering they'd lost to same opponent two weeks earlier. Last match on travel to Accrington, first half of the game ended barren but goals started coming in second half. A 79 minute converted penalty from the spot-kick by David Connoly had broken the earlier 1-1 dreadlock before Murphy Peter equalized in the 85 minutes, same player who had open the floodgate of goals earlier in the beginning of the half. Pompey ended the match having played well with plenty of shots also.

 

As part of plans to arrest team's defensive weaknesses, Portsmouth has recently signed left back Marcos

 

Painter, a player with plenty of experience for this level. Coach Guy Wittingham insists on the team playing attractive football:

 

“We want to keep playing attractive football, but also have to ensure that we don’t leave ourselves too open at the back.

 

“We understand that there needs to be a balance between attacking and defending and are working hard to get that right.”

 

At 7-4-12 away from home, Moracambe lost more than half of their away matches. Like today's opponent, they've only recorded one point so far in the league which was last match when they welcomed Torquay, a team expected to be weak this season. It was Moracambe that got ahead in the 25 minutes before Hawley Karl equalized for the guest in 56 minute. Before this match, Moracambe welcomed Wolves in cup match and had a good game winning 1-0. However, Moracambe's major concern is the ability to convert their chances as they've wasted so many. Clearly, team misses the services of their main target men Jack Redshaw (last season top-scorer with 15 goals in 40 matches is out for 7 months and haven't played so far this season) and Kevin Ellison (last season second top-scorer with 11 goals in 40 matches) who might return today (with very little chance) if he shakes up the injury that'd sidelined him in first two matches. Marcus Marshall, Chris McCready (last season regular defender with 2 goals in 40 matches), and Robbie Threlfall (1 goal in 25 matches last season, with no participation so far this season) are also strong doubts to feature today. Even if all ready may not be at their best.

 

The six goals conceeded by Portsmouth have only been scored by three players who boasts of quality for their respective teams (Potter Alfie, Smalley Deane who each scored a brace for Oxford in the Pompey's 4-1 loss and Murphy Peter who also scored a brace for Accrington in the 2-2 draw with Portsmouth). Such playmaker is lacking in Moracambe at the moment since missing injured Jack Redshaw. With experienced Marcos Painter at the back, I expect Portsmouth's back to be more stable. Many thinks they are title favourite and I expect them to upturn result today!

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Portsmouth -0.75 Pinnacle 2.15 8 3-0 WON (+9.2 units)
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